What is the Rose, Bud, Thorn Retrospective format
The Rose, Bud, Thorn retrospective is a simple, yet effective sprint retrospective technique designed to help identify the positive outcomes (Rose), the opportunities (Bud), and the challenges (Thorn) from your last sprint.
With their natural beauty, healing properties and incredible range of colours, it’s no wonder poets, artists and other creatives have been leveraging the abundant symbolism of roses since time immemorial, and now – with our Rose, Bud, Thorn template – it’s your turn.
The template has been designed to be deliberately simple to foster clarity of thought, and like many of our retrospectives, the opportunities to identify the positives are front and centre!
This is a great retrospective to use if you wish to help remind your team to view challenges (Thorns) as manageable accompaniments to the delivery of value (Roses).
The Rose, Bud, Thorn Retrospective format
Rose – Participants share their positive outcomes, successes, and wins of the last sprint. What was delivered and by whom? What worked well? What outputs can be showcased and celebrated? What achievements do you want to stop to smell… oops… appreciate?
Bud – Participants share the opportunities they perceive are waiting to blossom. What potential wins could be delivered? What ideas have potential? What has worked before?
Thorn – Participants identify the challenges and issues that, like thorns, are causing pain.
This style of retrospective can be used when you don’t wish to over-complicate the review of your last sprint.